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Rural Community Development Fund

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The Rural Community Development Fund (RCDF) offers grants which are primarily aimed at community-based organizations.

The grants will provide investment funding for a wide range of activities to help meet local needs and strengthen communities so that they can grow and thrive.

Key areas for support include:

  • drawing up of community / village development plans
  • investments in small scale infrastructure including renewable energy generation and energy saving actions
  • investments in ICT including broadband 
  • improving access to services investments  and studies for the maintenance, restoration and upgrading of the cultural and natural heritage 
  • investments in the relocation of activities and conversion of buildings with a view to improving quality of life or increasing environmental performance.
Round seven will only provide support for sub measures 7.2 and 7.3:
  • 7.2 - support for investments in the creation, improvement or expansion of all types of small scale infrastructure, including investments in renewable energy and energy saving
  • 7.3 - support for broadband infrastructure, including its creation, improvement and expansion, passive broadband infrastructure and provision of access to broadband and public e-government
The Wales Rural Network conducted a Live Periscope Event to further promote the Rural Community Development Fund.  The event was aimed at potential applicants and covered the EOI application form, process and best practice tips. 

Important: You must ensure you complete the appropriate Criteria and application form for this window, please check the Window dates on the form. 

Further details on the application criteria can be obtained by reading the EOI Guidance and supporting scheme documentation.

Please note that proposals for investments in small-scale tourism infrastructure should be directed to the Tourism Amenity Investment Scheme (TAIS)